‘Tis the season of Christmas spirit, gift giving and lots of holiday joy, but it is also the season of reaching for just about any food that is in front of your face no matter what the nutritional value of it is.
While it is OK for most people to take a few weeks off of their normal healthy eating regimen, some people are looking for ways to improve the healthiness of their Christmas dinner and food choices all throughout Winter Break.
The first tip would be to have a couple cheat days a week. Some people may already include one cheat day into their week, but since it is the holiday season, and can seem almost impossible to only have one day, gift yourself with two. This will prevent you from feeling left out on all the food fun, and it will still keep your body happy and healthy.
Another simple tip is to eat healthy leading up to Christmas, and let like the three or four days surrounding Christmas to be the days you allow yourself to eat absolutely anything and everything you want. No hard decisions of what to put on your plate, and no ridiculous portions. Just make sure before Christmas and after to keep your normal eating routine, and keep it extra healthy.
According to cpmc.org, there are several easy steps that will take the stress off your attention to food this holiday season.
- Be realistic about the holiday season. Do not try to lose weight, but just try to maintain your current weight.
- Plan time for exercise. Be flexible with what type of exercise it is, as you may be traveling.
- Include fruits and vegetables on your plate during this time of the year. It is easy to forget about them, but they shouldn’t be forgotten about.
- Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. This can be extra tricky, but just listen to your body.
- Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering. Then you will be sure at least something healthy will be served.
Keeping it simple, but also making sure you aren’t missing out on all that this time of the year has to offer. Remember, in the end this is about helping to make you feel better in every aspect, so that is what these tips and tricks are set in place for. Have a happy, healthy holiday season.